Evil Twin NOMADer WEISSE - Evil Twin Brewing

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 50 | FT: 4
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dbrauneis on 04-18-2014

Nomads; constantly moving, 'round and 'round; sometimes settle, if just for a bit.
Perhaps the muse moves one to brew a sharp and clean session beer, one inspired by the Berliner-weisse of old, and the nomad rests. Enjoy this beer, here, there, perhaps north of Madison Square Park, in lovely New York City. Wherever you are, this beer was made nice, simply for you.
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Reviews by larryi86:
Photo of larryi86
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a flute

A- A hazy golden straw color with a three finger white head.

S- Tart, lacto, some wheat, bready malts, underwhelming.

T- Much better than the nose, tart lemon, some wheat and pale malts, touch of funk, some lacto in the finish.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, light body.

O- Not the best Berliner I have tried, but I am very happy that I was able to pick this up. Nose is fairly weak, but the taste is not.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Scouring the landscape in search for brewery downtime to fit in a brew session for themselves, the name is fitting for these wandering brewers. But finding favor with the northern German style seems right up their alley!

Nomader Weisse treats these Evil Twin brewers well as the lemony-stained body meets the tart lemon and lime character that carries its nose. Nearly mouthwatering to the scent, faint whiffs of grain and sugar give rise to the citrus fruit but doing so with a slight musty and sea-like earthiness.

Once the ale hit the tongue a quick procession goes from playful tartness and subtle bread sweetness to full-on acute sourness midway thorough the taste. Sour grapes, lemon peels, lime zest, crabapples and under-ripened berry all frame the sour palate while those earthen wafts keep on coming- salty brine, musty citrus and clean acidity provokes an effortless finish.

Its palate-stripping sourness refreshes the palate with ease and provides a light body and crisp texture. With a quick echo of wheat bread, the beer dissolves from the mouth with utter ease. It's a masterful taste with powerful sourness that never lingers or fatigues the palate. Perfect for hot summer days. I wish this was one of those.

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.94/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Berliner Weissbiers out there on the market!

Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

12 fl oz aluminum can with appealing label art and minimalist label design purchased at a CO bottle shop and served cold into a goblet at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO.

Reviewed live as a Berliner weisse per the label. 4% ABV. Brewed at Westbrook. Distributed by twelve percent LLC.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers wide. White in colour. Not real creamy or thick, unfortunately, but it's full enough. Fizzy and effervescent. Has a decent complexion and consistency. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is above average - about 3 minutes.

BODY: Hazy orange-yellow of above average vibrance. Mellow and attractive. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Appears unfiltered.

Seems well-carbonated. It's a good looking Berliner weisse.

AROMA: Tart fruit: mellow peach and apricot, with a guiding lemony citrus twang. Fresh and inviting, with crisp wheat aromatics. Clean yet alive. Sourness is maybe a 1-2 out of 10 in terms of intensity judging by the aroma. There's also a brief yeasty funkiness. Hop profile is minimal, but evokes complementary fruit and floral notes. I can't wait to try it.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

Aromatic intensity is average for the style.

TASTE: Surprisingly sour and smacky on the palate, actually, with a luscious lactobacillus bacterial presence and a subtle yeasty funkiness (but not brettanomyces-induced). It's refreshingly tart, evoking hints of peach and apricot alongside the dominant but mellow citrusy lemon twang. Not overly zesty. I'd say the sourness is about a 3/10 in intensity.

As it warms, a more tropical fruit character emerges - led by mango, and I notice a briney note of salty sea air. Green crabapple also emerges, complementing the already present cutting tart sourness.

Overall, it's very well balanced and built, with plenty of complexity - at least, relative to the style - and surprising depth. But it never tastes quite like a gestalt build; there's room for improvement, and while cohesive, it doesn't exceed the sum of its parts. I do quite like it, and the sourness is a highlight.

TEXTURE: Soft, smooth, wet, clean, and smacky. Delightfully acidic. Easily one of the most refreshing beers I've ever tasted, with a shockingly light presence on the palate and a quenching mouthfeel. Not at all thick or syrupy, but also not weak or watery. Light-bodied and enjoyable. The smackiness of the palate coaxes out the nuances of the fruity flavours.

OVERALL: I could quaff this by the pitcher. It's obscenely drinkable, and nails the (traditional interpretations of the) style. Very enjoyable, but pricey at $2.99 a can. A worthwhile Berliner weisse from Evil Twin, and a beer I'd recommend to friends. Very well executed stuff, and worthy of mention in any discussion about the best Berliner weissen available today.

High B

Photo of Guden
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- slightly hazy pale white/yellow with no head.

S- light aromas of toasted breakfast cereal, a little bit of yogurty lactic tang not much else.

T- fairly clean sour wheat with very light fruitiness and cereal graininess, a moderate level of tartness, and a touch of funky off character.

M- extremely dry, lightly carbonated, fairly refreshing

O- a bit of an underwhelming sour, especially at this rice point. One dimensional towards the tartness with only the mild breakfast cereal character giving any complexity. Could definitely stand some increased esters or funk. That said, it's an easy drinker and the six pack shouldn't last long as the days get warmer.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is sour lemon tartness. A nice, light, and summary weisse beer. First beer from the brewery that makes me want more.

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can with a June 2014 date stamp.
Pours hazy copper-amber with a sizable bubbly head.

Mild aroma even after the head dies down.

Strong tart flavor with a fruitiness dominated by lemon. Bready and yeasty aspects too.

Juicy body. Fine lively carbonation.

O: a bold and very flavorful 4% ABV beer.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nomader Weisse is the pale yellow color I expect it to be, and just as clouded. The head is pure white, sitting firm at a full finger's height and falling slowly, leaving behind good patching as it does.
This one is tart, showing off the funky sourness all the way through. It's downright puckering, very lemony with a bit of must in the nose that translates to drier grains in the flavor, lots of acidity coming through. It's continuously mouth-watering wh8ile balancing against the acidic dryness. It goes mildly briny in the middle, almost like a Gose, but the sourness is never really cut. The only real issue here is that, in going for such strong sourness and heavy acidity, it takes something away from a style that's intended to display a certain softness as well. Still, well done overall.
The feel is refreshing even with the acidic nature, not harsh to drink at all. The body is a little stronger than the light, soft texture it should display, but not overdone much. It keeps up a good dryness on the palate even with the juiciness.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter from a twelve ounce can.

Light fluffy pale white head forms pretty thick and high over the body but dissipates quickly. Sticky lace remains. Body is cloudy and a lemonade-like. 4.25

Heavily tart, lemony and lactic. Notes of wheat are traceable. 4

First sip reminds me of sushi. Is that soy sauce? Tart lactic notes meet wheat and the result seems kind of rice-like. Lemon is a welcome flavor here, but something about this beer feels like a bento box meal. 3.25

Tart definitely, mouth-puckering even. Body is light and juicy but with a bit of a grainy feel. The brew is lightly carbonated and fairly refreshing. 3.75

Odd with the sushi/rice tastes, which make it just an average brew.

Photo of Roguer
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A careful pour allows a 1/2 finger white head with decent retention and lacing. Head sits atop a lemon yellow brew, hazy but not thick.

Really interesting aroma, with a hint of citrus and lemon, some yeast - both musty and sweet - and a strange, almost egg-like quality. Very little malt body in the aroma, just a sense of wheat grains or hay.

Very tart and light brew, with a milkiness to it. Lemon, citric acid up front and very noticeable, with a grass milk-like malt body.

Very thin body, but the tartness does slow you a bit.

Enjoyed this straight, and as such, it's an OK beer. I look forward to trying it with some syrup.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can into Tired Hands stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with poor retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod with thin legs and spotty lace with little cling. Average.

Nose is tart and yeasty with a light sprinkle of lemon rind and wheat. Very mellow.

Opens lemon, yeast and wheat. Tart lemon rind with notes of hay in the middle. Yeasty, clean, tart finish and aftertaste. Again, really mellow. Doesn't really taste like much.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly in the mouth and goes down watery with a clean finish and the same aftertaste. Decent.

Very middle-of-the-road. This berliner really doesn't taste like much of anything. Maybe it'd be a good candidate for imparting some fruit?

Photo of tempest
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed a can at Astoria Bier & Cheese. Poured a hazy gold with no head. It's fruity and tart with an earth bitterness. The fruit tastes like a mix of cherry and banana with lemon squeezed for the sour tang. Overall, a balanced, flavorful, and well-made berlinner.

Photo of BrewExperienceFL
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Recently Florida breweries have begun brewing and rebranding the classic Berlinner weisse style. "Florida-Weisse" is popping up everywhere. Yet, this past week, I've been forking out a couple extra bucks to enjoy Evil Twin's sour sensation.

This wheat beer is unfiltered and pale golden/yellow.

The most pronounced aromas are bright wheat - lemon flesh, orange peel, and unripe raspberry. There is also a pronounced lactic aroma.

The mouth feel is initially smooth and slightly creamy but finishes crisp and effervescent.

At first taste this beer is sharply acidic. There's a candied lemon taste similar to a Sweet Tart. There's also a light thyme-like herbal note, as well as some wheat sweetness and banana coming through after the sourness subsides.

Overall, if you enjoy exceptionally tart and quenching Berlinner weisse, this beer is for you.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (5/30/14, bough from Max's VSB event for $5)

A: Hazy blonde straw with no head or lacing whatsoever. Only the slightest head on a pour.

S: Sour/lacto-smell for the most part. Not too much on the nose here.

T: Starts out tart, but runs into this rubbery taste that takes over and then dominates the aftertaste. Overall it was quite bland and a let down.

M: Slight carbonation with a tart roughness.

O: Different styles, but Mikkeller won this round of first can releases (whoops, I forgot about Hipster, but I haven't had that, so they are at least the first cans for me from the respective brewers). A let down and I was excited to be having another berliner weisse. The label art is pretty bland and boring as well.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, grains. Taste is tart lemons, grains, a bit funky, finishes dry. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and enjoyable beer.

Photo of logicalparadox
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice and frothy with a soft, soapy, appealing foam that unfortunately soon dissipates leaving a flat surface, with no head and without a hint of lacing. But, not lifeless. Perky little bubbles roll up the side of my glass, taunting me. If I hadn't seen the pour, i could mistake this for ginger ale rather than actual ale. But that's not meant as an insult, merely an observation. The color is a rich bronze.

S: The nose is tart. Tangy lemon with some other citrus. Grapefruit. Some hints of Clementine, I think. Grass and hay are there, along with something almost like umami. A richness I'm having trouble placing. Light banana essence is hiding within that matrix of senses, too. The yeast really comes through.

T: On the palate: whoa. I hate making this analogy, but I can't help but think Shandy. only an awesome Chanz. and with more depth of flavor. really subtle hints of spice and then generally Kista character are floating around I'm in a beautiful interplay of light sweetness and moderate tartness.

Mountfield: crisp and light, yet with a lot of substance. The prickly carbonation is the first thing to hit you with this beer. Yet, it has a sort of minerality that lingers after each sip.

O: An impressive weisse offering from evil twin!

Photo of wedge
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow gold with an attractive pillow of white foam on top, leaving behind sticky lacing. Light lactic aroma...lemon and creamy, grainy wheat. Refreshingly tart flavor with some lemon and a slight metallic twinge. I wish the wheat spoke up more to compliment the sour. Very drinkable, dry, and crisp. Straightforward, but good. Too expensive to drink in large quantities unfortunately.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a can into an Euler stange. Poured a light straw amber with golden tint and a half finger white head that dissipated quickly, leaving little trace. Aroma of lemon citrus with light wheat, a hint of funk. Flavor follows, quite lemony and tart with hints of wheat; tapering off quickly to lemon rind and lemon extract. Light bodied with moderate carbonation despite the lackluster head. A good lemony Berliner weissbier that left me wishing for a bit more wheat character. Refreshing and moderate tart. Not my style, but a pleasant, refreshing summer beer.

Photo of dd43
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and refreshing as a berliner should be. Tart aspects are a mix of white grape, lemon juice, and tang like a sour candy. Theres a soapy quality to the aroma which i wasn't in love with. Very nice and light/bubbly mouthfeel which in part is a function of the tart flavor profile. Interesting post quaff feature in a residual saltiness (slight) which I rather liked.

Worth trying for anyone who enjoys a lighter beer with something more interesting going on than the typical "summer beer" offerings infecting store shelves in the late spring.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tar, tart, tart. But good.

Photo of largadeer
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale cloudy blond with a rapidly dissipating head. Pretty standard Berliner appearance. Nose is largely lactic and lemony, decent enough, though there's a rubbery off note that I'm not particularly thrilled by. The palate doesn't differ a lot from the aroma - moderate lacto, some spiciness, some bicycle tire. It's hard to get past that note of rubber. It isn't overt, but it's just noticeable enough that the beer is hard to enjoy.

Photo of Dr_King_Schultz
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good Berliner. I could drink this everyday.

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sour wheat are present in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the taste is rather sour and has notes of wheat along with hints of lemons.
M: It feels light-bodied, tart, and a little creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing, and would make for a good selection on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a Bell's tulip. The pour is a hazy pale blonde-gold color with a massive head that looks like cotton candy and very quickly fizzles down to a thin lace. Sour nose with distinct fruit-like character. Lemon, apple, and a faint brett-like mustiness.

Thin, fizzy feel and a sharp, sour flavor with a faint, soft sweetness underneath. Light, stony, oyster-cracker graininess up front, then sharp lactic sourness throughout. Lemon rind, white grapes, a hint of pineapple juice, and a lingering yogurt-like tartness. No mustiness on the palate. Finishes sharp and tannic. Mouth-watering. Refreshing.

Never had a Berlinerweisse out of a can before. I might have to pick some of these up for the summer if they aren't too expensive. Overall a splendid example of the style. Should go well if you prefer to add a dash of himbeer or waldmeister syrup.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Four-month-old 12oz can into a solo cup.

A: Beautiful deep-straw with a forgettable white head that just flat disappears. Plenty of nice sediment floating around.

S: Soapy lactic funk. Just what I was hoping for.

T: Nicely sharp with a pretty decent funk-attack on the tail end. Yeasty sour candy quality fitting for the style, not too complex on the palate, mostly just urgent.

M: Thin, light carb, altogether fitting.

O: The best thing about a good Berliner Weiss is exceptional tartness without veering into full-on sour territory. This brew does that.

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Evil Twin NOMADer WEISSE from Evil Twin Brewing
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